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Occupational Therapist – Care Direct Plus South – Ref 6504

Newton Abbot

  • Full time
  • 2024-07-21
  • £28,407 - £34,581 a year
  • Travel expenses: no
  • Job term: Permanent
  • Job code: 180624-50514

We would welcome applications from students who do not hold their HCPC registration yet but are nearing completion of their Occupational Therapy degree.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our team based in Care Direct Plus South, Newton Abbot.

The Team:
The Care Direct Plus South Occupational Therapy team are based in Newton Abbot but also work remotely.

We cover a large area including some rural communities as well as towns and villages across South Devon. Our team is closely connected with NHS teams, other social care teams, district councils, housing and equipment providers.

We are an enthusiastic, supportive team made up of social care assessors and both band 5 and band 6 occupational therapists. The team carry out assessments over the telephone, virtually using other forms of technology and face to face in the person’s own home.

The Role
You will be part of a friendly, supportive and experienced team with regular peer support, supervision, appraisal, team meetings and a commitment to learning and development, having access to regular CPD sessions.

You will have the opportunity to travel around the very scenic South Devon to assess and support the people that we work with.

You will be assessing the needs of adults with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions across South Devon. Clinical responsibilities include enabling people to maximise their independence and potential, as well as increasing their safety through reducing and managing risk to themselves and their carers.

You will be required to hold and manage a caseload and provide a person-centred service through clinical assessment within the context of local government policy and legislation.

Your Occupational Therapy intervention will be determined by the Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria and a strengths-based approach, aiming to promote independence.

Interventions could include signposting or advice, provision of equipment, minor adaptations, recommendations for major adaptations, support with rehousing, recommendation for packages of care or referral onto other teams.

You will be committed to equality and diversity and to achieving positive outcomes for the people of South Devon.

As a Band 5 you will be well supported in developing your skills as a Social Care Occupational Therapist using our Preceptorship programme.

What we can offer you 

  • We are committed to your continuous professional development and preceptorship, doing all we can to help you excel in your career and with new and exciting opportunities for career development. You will receive excellent support and supervision, with regular opportunities to discuss and reflect on your practice, both with your line manager and peers.
  • We offer 26 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, rising incrementally to 31 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Recognition of NHS continuous service for contractual annual leave purposes (within DCC Terms & Conditions)
  • Flexible working opportunities are available, these include part-time hours, flexitime, compressed working hours and homeworking (this is subject to the needs of the role – please discuss at further at interview)
  • Offer an opportunity to enter a generous Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • As a place to live and work, Devon is hard to beat with top-performing schools, universities, vibrant cities, pretty villages and some of the most scenic coast and countryside in the UK. Living and working in Devon as a Occupational Therapist has never been more attractive.
  • If you are looking to make the move to Devon, subject to qualifying conditions, relocation support of up to £10,000, may be available.
  • Visa sponsorship may also be offered as part of the relocation support package, terms and conditions apply.* Whilst awaiting your HCPC registration you would be working as a Social Care Assessor on the first point of Grade E, which is currently £28,282. After receiving HCPC registration you will increase to the first point of the Band 5 scale as a Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist and will be supported to undertake the 12 month Preceptorship Programme. Please note, you will need to have obtained your HCPC registration within 6 months of commencing employment.

For further information on this role please contact Marie Davies on 01392 381211 or email

Please click Apply Now to see further information.


  • DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity webpages.
  • Happy to Talk Flexible Working – The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc.
  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.
  • Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.
  • For more information about Working for Devon please visit our Working for Devon page.
  • This role requires a DBS disclosure.

Does the job role include personal care?: No

Working Patterns:

37 hours per week

Job location

Care Direct Plus South, Collett Way
Estuary House
Newton Abbot
TQ12 4PH

Job category

Allied health professionals


Devon County Council Local government

Type of organisation

Public Sector


Health and social care

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